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Denison Admission Requirements

Granville, Ohio

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Chances of getting into Denison University

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Denison University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 
How hard is it to get into Denison and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Denison is 28%.  It ranks #2 in Ohio and #79 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Denison is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 2,558 out of 9,079 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 17 percent (SAT 1220/1430 ACT 28/32). Denison University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.76. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Denison application fee is $0 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Denison University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 45% of students submitted SAT scores and 31% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Denison SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Denison University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1220
SAT Scores for Denison University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1430
Average SAT Score 1330

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Denison University?

Denison University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 22 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1220 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1110. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1330 out of 1600. Denison ranks #3 in Ohio and #103 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 45 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Denison University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1430 and Above Good >42%
1325 to 1430 Avg + 28%-42%
1220 to 1325 Avg - 17%-28%
1115 to 1220 Reach 10%-17%
Less than 1115 Low <10%
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Denison ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Denison University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Denison University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Denison?

Admission data indicates that Denison regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Ohio and #92 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 31 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Denison University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Denison University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >42%
30 to 32 Avg + 28%-42%
28 to 30 Avg - 17%-28%
26 to 28 Reach 10%-17%
Less than 26 Low <10%
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Denison GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Denison University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Denison. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Denison University was 3.76 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in Ohio for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Denison will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.76 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

71% of Denison University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Denison University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 71%
Top 25% of class 85%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Denison University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,878 4,201 9,079
Accepted 1,330 1,228 2,558
Acceptance Rate 27% 29% 28%
Enrolled 312 293 605
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 24% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Denison University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Denison University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Denison University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Denison University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=202523 IPEDS survey data for Denison University.


Does Denison University prefer SAT or ACT?

45% of students submit their SAT scores to Denison. 31% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Denison University?

28% of those who apply are granted admission to Denison. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Denison University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1220 and 1430. 45% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Denison University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 32. 31% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.